Wyatt became known for his contacts in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, and for providing information about his visits there to a U.S. agency, which he did not identify, in the 1980s.On Wednesday, September 12th 2007, the prosecutors played an amazing audio tape from Wyatt's unprecedented access to Saddam. The tape details Wyatt relaying to Hussein the plans for a US invasion of Iraq to counter Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Here are a few excerpts from the tape.
Wyatt was a friend of President Kennedy, a close friend of fellow Texan, President Lyndon Johnson, and on friendly terms with presidents Reagan, Nixon and Clinton.
Wyatt clashed with the Bush administration, though, opposing the U.S. decision to go to war in 2003, Shargel (his attorney)said, and did not get along well with the Bush family.
Transcript of audio between Wyatt , Saddam, and former TX Governor John Connally
Saddam: "...the American people did not want, were not prepared to die for oil...You know, you know Mr. Wyatt that the Iraqis sold one third of their oil exports to the United States until the second of August.
Wyatt: I was largely responsible for a lot of those sales.
Saddam: So we don't know why Mr. (George H.W.) Bush has cornered the things in this way
Wyatt: I've made it very clear that (former President Bush is) playing with a fire that will burn his hands up to the shoulder. This is no Panama... it won't be a cake walk. This is serious business and I know the Iraqi people well. And he better recognize their resolve Reuters 9/12/07
Oddly enough, the prosecution seems to have forgot that Chevron ships were used to transfer illegal oil exports and giving kickbacks to Iraq while Condi Rice sat on their board of directors. Shouldn't she and the Board of Directors of Chevron be tried for the same crimes and receive the same possibilities of jail time?
Chevron,the second-largest American oil company, is preparing to acknowledge that it should have known kickbacks were being paid to Saddam Hussein on oil it bought from Iraq as part of a defunct United Nations program
The admission is part of a settlement being negotiated with United States prosecutors and includes fines totaling $25 million to $30 million, according to the investigators, who declined to be identified because the settlement was not yet public.
The penalty, which is still being negotiated, would be the largest so far in the United States in connection with investigations of companies involved in the oil-for-food scandal. The Carperbagger Report, 5/09/07
Leaving a wave of controversy in its wake, one of the most visible reminders of the Bush administration's ties to big oil - the 129,000-ton Chevron tanker Condoleezza Rice - has quietly been renamed, Chevron officials acknowledged yesterday.
"We made the change to eliminate the unnecessary attention caused by the vessel's original name," said Chevron spokesman Fred Gorell
The double-hulled, Bahamian-registered oil tanker carrying the moniker of Bush's national security adviser was renamed the Altair Voyager
Chevron officials argued...the ship's name was entirely appropriate because it was a special honor for Rice -- part of a longstanding tradition of naming ships after members of the Chevron board. They noted that George Shultz, David Packard and Kenneth T. Derr were all afforded similar honors
Same Players. Different Scandal.